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Intern, Policy Tobacco Control (CA #1920-12)

City: Sacramento

State: California

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for an Intern, Policy Tobacco Control to join our incredible team in the California Region. Working as a member of the Advocacy and Public Policy Team, you will join an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to our mission: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education, and advocacy.

The intern will assist the American Lung Association Advocacy and Public Policy staff to execute advocacy and education activities to gain experience in the field of public health advocacy and policy analysis.


This is a great opportunity for an intern to enhance their skills in organization, multi-tasking and research. The intern can expect to develop confidence and marketable skills by engaging in or assisting with many of the following activities:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the American Lung Association
    • Become knowledgeable of mission, development, and communications efforts.
    • Gain technical training by utilizing advocacy staff and learning opportunities in the policy arena.
    • Participate in staff meetings and learning opportunities.
  • Advocacy
    • Assist in the development of the State of Tobacco Control: Local California Grades
    • Assist in compiling data, educational materials and talking points for the State of Tobacco Control Report release
    • Research and summarize public health facts and figures
    • Assist in analyzing tobacco control policies in the areas of smokefree outdoor air, smokefree housing, and reducing sales of tobacco products

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a basic understanding of policy and advocacy strategies.
  • Develop technical skills in policy analysis, data manipulation and report writing.
  • Learn about team building and collaborating with staff.
  • Learn how to communicate in a professional office setting.
  • Learn about tobacco control policy campaigns and engaging local governments.


Before internship begins, documentation from the school may be required stating that this internship opportunity is eligible for academic credit. This is an unpaid internship position requiring a time commitment of approximately 15 hours per week (flexible schedule). Candidates must be earning academic credit. The duration of this position is from Fall 2019 to Winter 2020.


  • Qualified candidates should be working to obtain an undergraduate or graduate degree. (Public policy, public health, and social science related majors are encouraged to apply)
  • Qualified candidates should possess strong writing skills, attention to detail, and have a keen interest in the mission of the American Lung Association
  • Interest in research and policy analysis
  • Ability to multitask, perform in a team environment, and a demonstrated willingness to learn
  • Ability to work independently
  • Computer Proficiency – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. (supplies)
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free workplace; all unpaid interns and volunteers must abstain from tobacco use in any form


Please e-mail you cover letter and resume to (include EXACT title in subject of email):

Email: [email protected]

The American Lung Association is dedicated to a diverse workforce.
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V


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